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Paved/hardtop, 51km, 3.5 hrs., moderate, road bike
Park at the Harbour on Water St.
Gore Bay is Manitoulin’s capital. Be sure to take some time, before or after you cycle, to drop into the many shops. Walk the docks, visit the museum, historic jail and the courthouse. The town has many lovely B&B’s.
Leave town by following Main St. to #540B. Turn left here and go south until you reach #540. Cross #540 and continue on Poplar Rd. When you spot the sign for Tobacco L. You might want to take a side trip to see the lake.
Back on Poplar Rd., heading south the route becomes rolling but not extreme; there are lots of fast runs. Arriving in Poplar, pause to consider that this little area is known for the high number of servicemen who fought in WWI. Go west on Union Rd. past the intersection of Union and Indian Point Rd., until you see the sign for #540 that points the way to Evansville.
From here follow Hwy 540 north across the Indian Point Bridge, with Campbell Bay to the west and Lake Wolsey to the east. Across the causeway, turn right on Concession Rd. 4 which will take you to Noble Sd. Rd. Turn left (north) on Noble Sd. Rd. until you reach the 7th Line. Turn right and follow the 7th until you come to the Poplar Rd. There you turn left (north) towards #540. Return to Gore Bay via the Poplar Rd. and #540B.